My dad called me this morning and I had to concede defeat in the lifelong case of Daughter vs. lungi-wearing Dad.
“See beta, I was fashionable all along!” my dad gloated upon sharing the news that Zara, effinâ€™ ZARA, is selling a lungi as a part of their womenâ€™s skirt collection.
This is theÂ lungi in question:
Iâ€™ve spent the better half of my life urging my dad to get with the times and wear more fashionable clothes in general. I specifically waged a domestic campaign for him to wear pajamas or sweats, rather than a lungi, when chilling at home. One can say that I had lungi-shamed him but hey, he has spearheaded many a battle against my sartorial passions as well so shame-shame/same-same.
His lungi collection is pretty robust, consisting of numerous patterns and colors. Most of them are pure cotton handlooms in sambulpuri patterns from our native land of Orissa. They never struck me as anything extraordinary.
Now, Iâ€™m not proud to admit this, but Iâ€™ve never quiteÂ appreciated the diversity of my dadâ€™s lungi collection until I went to Zaraâ€™s website, saw the lungi theyâ€™re playing off as skirt and thought, rather smugly, my dad has better lungi than Zara;Â phrase I never thought Iâ€™d think and write.
Whats more, and something Desi Twitter is calling Zara out on is that they are selling their lungi for a whopping $89. EIGHTY NINE DOLLARS FOR A LUNGI!
On their website, Zara describes it to be a “Flowing skirt with draped detail in the front. Front slit detail at the hem. Zip fastening in the back hidden along the seam.” All I saw was Hi idiot, buy a $89 lungi with a zipper.
Whatâ€™s even more hilarious, not counting the hefty price tag, is that Zara is calling this a check mini skirt. Zara, wait, what?! How is what theyâ€™re displaying a mini skirt? I mean, a mini skirt means your knees should be showing, right? Some thigh? Zara, yâ€™all want a mini skirt, I suggest this (though not check):
Now thatâ€™s a mini, not whatever Zara has going on. I guess theyâ€™re getting modest in their older, culturally-exploitative age.Â To add fuel to hilarity, on their site, Zara proposes you wear the following two items with their bapaâ€™s lungi, err, I mean mini skirt:
OK Zara, yeah, Iâ€™m gonna wear a checked coat or a “striped sweater with scalloped trims” with a lungi. Though, to be fair, my dad has rocked a long coat with a lungiÂ to get the morning paper and the look “works” for a desi dad, much to the chagrin of his daughter. So yeah, even that look has been done, Zara.
Whatâ€™s a girl to do? Obviously head to my dadâ€™s closet ASAP and steal those beautifully patternedÂ lungi, pair it with some whackadoo polka dot shirt and heels and I, too, can be a Zara girl!
Until then, we offer our own look at an Uncle in a lungi/Zaraâ€™s “mini skirt.”Â My dad wasnâ€™t available for a picture though heâ€™s more than ready to be reached for comment on his, and his ilkâ€™s new found status of fashionista.